The Boschert Greenway, built by Great Rivers Greenway with the support of the City of St. Charles, aims to create a safe and appealing connected park and trail system to benefit St. Charles-area residents and visitors. The first phase, a 1.8-mile trail running from New Town to Fox Hill Park along Boschert Creek, was completed in 2008. This new 2.1-mile second phase of the greenway will run from Fox Hill Park to Blanchette Park to Eco Park at Blanchette Landing where it will provide a vital connection to the Katy Trail for residents of New Town, Frenchtown and various neighborhoods in between.
A unique feature of the new trail segment is a planted retaining wall – or "living wall" – parallel to Highway 370. Rather than use a traditional retaining wall, Great Rivers Greenway wanted to create additional green space that would enhance the surrounding habitats and environment. The vegetated retaining wall system transforms hardscape into landscape while providing storm water retention and erosion control. The wall was developed by St. Louis-based The Living Wall Company, in partnership with Maryland-based SmartSlope, LLC, and is the first SmartSlope® Living Wall to be built in Missouri.
Attendees at the ribbon cutting ceremony will be able to view the new living wall and will also be among the first to see new artwork that will be incorporated along the trail at Boschert Pointe. The artwork, titled Blomstré, is a 24-foot-high flower sculpture made from recycled bicycle parts, created by artist Andrew Andrasko of Dras Fabrication & Design. Refreshments will be made available to attendees, and representatives from Great Rivers Greenway, as well as area officials and dignitaries will provide brief remarks.
"The Boschert Greenway is an important connector for residents in the City of St. Charles," said Susan Trautman, Executive Director of Great Rivers Greenway. "With the completion of this second phase, whether walking or bicycling, St. Charles residents now have direct access from their own backyards to the Katy Trail and several great area parks and neighborhoods."
The Boschert Greenway is a part of Great Rivers Greenway's River Ring, a planned interconnected system of trails, greenways, on-street bicycle routes and parks that will encircle the region. The River Ring will encompass a 600-mile web of more than 45 greenways that will crisscross St. Louis City and County and St. Charles County, covering 1,200 square miles and two million people.
For more information on the event or on Great Rivers Greenway, visit www.grgstl.org.